List of association footballers who died while playing


The following is a list of association footballers who died while playing, either directly from injuries sustained during a game, or after being taken ill on the pitch. Following an increase in deaths,[1] both during matches and training, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) considered mandatory cardiac testing,[2] already in place for years in some countries, such as Italy.[3]

By 2009, FIFA player Pre-Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA) included family history, heart rhythm, sounds, and electrocardiogram (ECG) results.[4] The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) required extensive medical tests, including ECG and echocardiogram for players in the Europa League 2011–12.[5] Constant monitoring has been advised.[6]

Date Name Age Team Notes
13 January 1889 William Cropper 26 Staveley Ruptured bowel in a match against Grimsby Town led to death the next day.
11 January 1892 James Dunlop 21 St Mirren Tetanus from fall on piece of glass in a friendly game against Abercorn led to death ten days later.[7]
12 November 1893 John Henry Morris 26 Shrewsbury Town Internal haemorrhage following a bad tackle in a bad tempered match. A verdict of accidental death was returned.[8]
23 November 1893 Walter Bannister 24 Chesterfield Town Rupture of the kidney from a tackle in game against Derby Junction; he died almost three weeks later.[9]
28 March 1896 Teddy Smith 27 Bedminster Suffered severe concussion following a clash of heads in the Gloucestershire Cup semi-final against Eastville Rovers. He continued playing initially, but was eventually forced to leave the game and died from his injury the next morning.[10]
25 May 1896 James Logan 25 Loughborough F.C. Pneumonia while playing.
29 November 1896 Joe Powell 25 Woolwich Arsenal Blood poisoning and tetanus after breaking his arm in game against Kettering Town in 1896.
January 1900 James Collins Sheppey United Tetanus caused by on-field injury.[11]
27 August 1902 Di Jones 35? Manchester City Gashed knee turned septic leading to death.
27 October 1906 David "Soldier" Wilson 23 Leeds City Heart attack while playing against Burnley, probably from heavy smoking. He attempted to return to the field of play even when in great pain.[12]
8 April 1907 Tommy Blackstock 25 Manchester United Collapsed after heading a ball in a game against St. Helens and died.
January 1908 Frank Levick 26 Sheffield United Pneumonia during recovery from collar bone broken playing against Newcastle United on 1 January 1908. Attending Dr Selby of Attercliffe (Sheffield) noted heart failure at 1:40pm on 1 February 1908 at his father's house on 125 Plumpers Road Tinsley Sheffield[13]
29 December 1909 James Main 23 Hibernian Fatal stomach injuries during a Christmas Day match in 1909 against Partick Thistle at Firhill on a frostbound pitch, after colliding with a Thistle player, led to death four days later.
19 February 1916 Bob Benson 33 Arsenal Burst blood vessel following a wartime game against Reading.[14][15]
7 January 1921 Horace Fairhurst 27 Blackpool Head injury in a league game at Barnsley in December 1920; died as a result of his injury early in the new year.
22 May 1921 Nikola Gazdić Hajduk Split Late stage tuberculosis after a game against Građanski Zagreb, Hajduk's greatest rival at the time.[16]
14 November 1921 Joshua Wilkinson 24 Dumbarton Goalkeeper who died from peritonitis two days after a game against Rangers.[17]
11 November 1923 Tom Butler Port Vale Died from tetanus eight days after fracturing his arm in a match.
13 March 1927 Georges Le Bidois 26 Stade Olympique de l'Est During a season-ending match of the Ligue Île-de-France [fr], the goalkeeper Georges Le Bidois received a violent kick at his carotid from Swiss Aron Pollitz of US Suisse Paris, from which he succumbed in the locker room. Upon the announcement of his death, the game was called off.[18][19]
4 April 1927 Albert Van Coile 27 Cercle Brugge Perforated bowel after a collision with an opponent. Died one day later.
30 April 1927 Sam Wynne 30 Bury Collapsed and died on the field of pneumonia during a match against Sheffield United, although Bury claim it was a cerebral haemorrhage.[20]
3 May 1927 David Arellano 24 Colo-Colo Peritonitis after being hit by an opposing player during the match. Shortly after the incident Arellano was brought to a nearby clinic where he ultimately died.
5 September 1931 John Thomson 22 Celtic Injured during an Old Firm match when he dived for the ball and suffered a fractured skull in an accidental collision with Rangers' Sam English. He died that same evening.
17 June 1933 Jón Kristbjörnsson 22 Valur A goalkeeper who collided with a striker from KR Reykjavik and suffered a head injury in the last game of the Icelandic League on 13 June 1933. Was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries on 17 June 1933.[21]
1 December 1934 Sim Raleigh 25 Gillingham Died after a clash of heads with Brighton & Hove Albion's Paul Mooney in a game, who subsequently retired.
3 December 1934 Pfeiferlik Union Žižkov Fell and got a concussion in a game against Viktoria Žižkov. Died on the way to hospital.[22]
10 February 1935 Samuel Beattie[23][24] 28 Distillery F.C. Died after a clash of heads after a corner in the 1934–35 FAI Cup quarter-final. Finished the game and went home. Became delirious the same night and was rushed to hospital due to cerebral haemorrhage.
5 February 1936 Jimmy Thorpe 22 Sunderland When playing as goalkeeper, Thorpe, a diabetic, collapsed into a coma from which he never recovered, attributed to the rough treatment he received on the pitch in a game against Chelsea. His death led to the rule that players were no longer able to kick the ball out of the goalkeeper's arms.
12 November 1936 Jorge Chávez Boza Atlético Chalaco Playing in a friendly match for Atlético Chalaco, Chávez Boza had his femoral artery injured by Víctor Guarderas Lavalle from Alianza Lima. His limb was amputated which later led to his death since having diabetes.[25]
14 May 1939 Asbjørn Rønneberg 17 Hof IL Collapsed with a heart attack during the away game against Ramnes IL. He died within minutes after he was carried off the pitch.[26]
15 May 1941 Law Adam 32 Thor After retirement at the age of 24 due to heart problems in 1933, Adam was playing for Thor against Anasher in Surabaya in the Dutch East Indies on 15 May 1941. He suffered a heart attack which led to his death.[27]
22 March 1946 Isaac Angulo Alianza Lima Collapsed during a friendly match against a saltpeter workers team in Antofagasta, Chile. He died from a possible cardiac arrest.[25]
20 February 1949 Gustav Fähland TSV Braunschweig Internal bleeding a few days after a collision with an opposing player in a match between his club TSV Braunschweig (a temporary name for Eintracht Braunschweig) and SV Werder Bremen on 13 February 1949.[28]
1 April 1951 Mitotônio 35 Ceará Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to stomach congestion.[29]
4 April 1953 John Kirkby 23 Wrexham Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to a cardiac arrest.[30]
14 July 1963 Constantin Tabarcea 26 Petrolul Ploieşti Collapsed during a match. Death attributed to unusual activity of the thymus gland.[31]
1 November 1966 Petar Radaković 29 NK Rijeka Collapsed during a training session due to a heart ailment and died on the way to the hospital.[32][33]
25 February 1967 Tony Allden Highgate United Struck by lightning during an FA Amateur Cup quarterfinal against Enfield, died following day.[34]
7 January 1973 Pedro Berruezo 27 Sevilla F.C. Heart attack during a Segunda División match against Pontevedra. He had collapsed in previous matches against Alicante, Sabadell, and Barakaldo. He had received treatment for his condition, but collapsed for the last time at the Estadio Municipal de Pasarón, without ever regaining consciousness.[35]
16 December 1973 Pavão 26 F.C. Porto Heart attack during a league game.[36]
14 December 1975 Ángel Avilés Deportivo Junín Collapsed on the field after a run with the ball, playing against Atlético Chalaco at the Estadio Nacional del Perú, he previously had heart complications since playing for Colegio Nacional Iquitos. A stadium in Moyobamba was named after him.[25]
18 May 1977 Tony Aveyard 21 Scarborough Head injuries received during match.[37][38]
27 August 1977 Michel Soulier 27 Namur Died as a result of an attack in a Belgian Cup away match against Anderlecht at Parc Astrid. Stade Michel-Soulier [fr] in Namur was named in his honor.
30 October 1977 Renato Curi 24 Perugia Heart attack while playing in a Serie A match against Juventus. Perugia's ground is named after him.
21 April 1980 Omar Sahnoun 24 Bordeaux Died from a heart attack during a club training.
5 November 1981 Hocine Benmiloudi 26 CR Belouizdad Died during the Ligue 1 match against USM Aïn Beïda in Stade 20 Août 1955 (Algiers), from severe food poisoning.[39]
7 March 1982 Carlos Alberto Barbosa 28 Sport Died from infarction after fainting in the match against XV de Jaú.[40]
23 September 1984 Erik Jongbloed 21 DWS Struck by lightning during an exhibition game.[41]
Son of Jan Jongbloed, goalkeeper of the Dutch national team in both the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup Final.
15 January 1987 José Antonio Gallardo 25 CD Málaga Collided with an opponent on 21 December away to Celta de Vigo, underwent emergency surgery and returned home. Relapsed on 7 January with a cerebral haemorrhage and fell into an eight-day coma before dying.[42]
23 August 1987 Paulo Navalho 20 Atlético Clube de Portugal Acute myocardial infarction during a friendly match between Atletico and the UAE's Al-Jazira Club.[43]
9 December 1987 Dursun Özbek 17 Galatasaray Died from a heart attack in a training match in Florya.[44]
7 February 1989 Sixto Rovina 27 Groningen Collapsed at the moment he wanted to take a throw-in while playing against VV Hoogezand. He died of a heart attack.
12 August 1989 Samuel Okwaraji 24 Nigeria Collapsed and died while playing against Angola in a World Cup Qualifier. An autopsy showed that the 24-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
8 September 1990 David Longhurst 25 York City Heart attack on the pitch while playing against Lincoln City. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.[45]
2 February 1993 Michael Klein 33 Bayer Uerdingen Heart attack during a training session.
1 September 1993 Gábor Zsiborás 35 MTK The goalkeeper collapsed into a coma in the training session of Hungarian national team. After a week he died.
30 April 1995 Mukandi Tsimaya 28 Atromitos F.C. Received an elbow hit in the neck by an opponent player, during a match against Panelefsiniakos. He died before going to hospital.[citation needed]
25 August 1995 Michael Goddard Dundela Died during a game against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park after being struck in the chest by the ball.[21]
29 October 1995 Amir Angwe 29 Julius Berger F.C. Collapsed and died on the pitch of a heart attack.[46]
4 January 1997 Hédi Berkhissa 24 Esperance Sportive de Tunis Heart attack in a friendly game against Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Chedli Zouiten
4 April 1997 Waheeb Jabara 23 Hapoel Taibe Heart attack while playing against Bnei Yehuda.[47]
18 February 1998 Robbie James 40 Llanelli A.F.C. Cardiomyopathy.
28 April 1998 Axel Jüptner 29 Carl Zeiss Jena Died suddenly of a heart attack during training.
January 1999 Ferenc Biro 15 Nirajul Miercurea-Nirajului Died after a crossbar fell on his head during a warmup.[31]
24 July 1999 Ștefan Vrăbioru 23 Astra Ploieşti Undetected heart defect that led to his collapse.[31]
January 2000 Daniel Orbeanu 18 Caraimanul Buşteni Died after an infection from a simple sprain, misdiagnosed by four different hospitals.[31]
February 2000 John Ikoroma 17 Al-Wahda S.C.C. Collapsed on the pitch and later died in hospital.[48]
2 April 2000 Eri Irianto 26 Persebaya Surabaya Died in hospital due to heart failure after a game between Persebaya and PSIM Yogyakarta.[49]
6 May 2000 Robert Mitwerandu 30 Raków Częstochowa Died from a heart attack in his house's bathroom, at the same night when his team lost 1–3 to Polar Wrocław.
21 May 2000 Hocine Gacemi 24 JS Kabylie Died in a hospital in Paris, France, from a fractured skull after clash of heads two days earlier[31]
30 May 2000 Ivan Krstić 19 Radnički Niš Struck by lightning during a training session and was killed instantly.[50]
5 October 2000 Cătălin Hîldan 24 Dinamo București Died while playing for Dinamo; In the 74th minute of a friendly game against Olteniţa, Hîldan had a heart attack, and fell to the ground. The North Stand of Dinamo's stadium is named in his honour.
14 February 2001 Roman Pavelka 33 SK Uničov Collapsed during physical training for his team and died from a heart condition.[51]
29 August 2001 Serhiy Perkhun 23 CSKA Moscow Injured in a collision with Budun Budunov who also sustained serious head trauma. He received a brain haemorrhage and died eight days later.
20 November 2001 Cédric Lestic 26 AS Cherbourg Died during a training session at André-Picquenot Stadium in Tourlaville as a result of a heart attack.[52]
20 February 2002 Cristian Neamțu 21 Universitatea Craiova Accidentally struck in the mandible by a teammate charging towards goal. Internal bleeding was discovered, before he died one week later.[31]
October 2002 Marcio Dos Santos 28 Deportivo Wanka Dos Santos suffered a heart attack after a game of his Peruvian club Deportivo Wanka, which scored a goal in the 3–1 win over Alianza Lima.[53]
24 October 2002 Hernán Gaviria 32 Deportivo Cali Struck by lightning during a training session, and was killed instantly.
27 October 2002 Giovanni Córdoba 24 Deportivo Cali Struck by the same lightning that killed Hernán Gaviria, and died three days later from the injuries.[54]
12 December 2002 Stefan Toleski 23 FK Napredok Collapsed during a match and later died in a hospital.[55]
9 March 2003 Marvin Lee 21 Trinidad and Tobago U20 Sustained neck and spinal injuries in a collision with Landon Donovan during the 2001 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament on 20 March 2001. Paralysed, he died two years later on 9 March 2003.[56][57]
26 June 2003 Marc-Vivien Foé 28 Cameroon Collapsed while playing in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between his country and Colombia, and died shortly afterward in hospital. An autopsy later revealed the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
9 August 2003 Ali Bakar 55 Malaysia and Penang Suffered a heart attack and died on the field while playing in a charity football match in Singapore in 2003.[58]
25 January 2004 Miklós Fehér 24 Benfica Cardiac arrest caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while playing against Vitória.
29 February 2004 Danny Ortiz 27 CSD Municipal Torn pericardium during a match against CSD Comunicaciones when he collided with Mario Rafael Rodríguez. He died later in a hospital.
27 October 2004 Serginho 30 São Caetano Sudden cardiac death during a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match against São Paulo. His death motivated a revamping of practices in medical assistance from clubs and stricter preventive measures in sports grounds in Brazil.
5 December 2004 Cristiano Júnior 24 Dempo Sports Club Collided with Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Paul in the 78th minute of the Federation Cup finals while scoring his second goal. He staggered away, then collapsed. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at Hosmat Hospital.
12 April 2005 Paul Sykes 28 Folkestone Invicta Collapsed on the pitch 30 minutes into the game against Margate F.C. in the Kent Senior Cup Semi-Final. An undiagnosed heart defect was identified as the cause of his death.[59]
27 May 2005 Alin Paicu 32 Minerul Mătăsari Collapsed after heading a ball. Died of a heart attack.[31]
25 June 2005 Hugo Cunha 28 U.D. Leiria Died suddenly from a cardiac arrest during a football match played with friends in Montemor-o-Novo.[60]
11 April 2006 Victor Alfonso Guerrero 17 Envigado F.C. Died suddenly during a training match. He had lost consciousness on the ground and his body had arrived lifeless to the hospital.[61]
12 June 2006 Rasmus Green 26 Næstved BK Heart attack during a training session and was, despite revival attempts from teammates and a doctor, declared dead upon arrival at the local hospital. The number 7 was afterwards retired in his honor.[62]
10 August 2006 Gökmen Yıldıran 28 Elazığspor Suffered a heart attack during training, he died before being taken to the hospital.[44]
30 August 2006 Mohamed Abdelwahab 23 Al Ahly Died from undetected heart defect during a training match.[63]
9 September 2006 Matt Gadsby 27 Hinckley United Collapsed on the pitch during a Conference North game against Harrogate Town and died soon afterwards at Harrogate District Hospital. Medical tests revealed he died from a heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.[64]
18 September 2006 Nilton Pereira Mendes 30 FC Shakhter Karagandy Collapsed on the pitch during a training session with his club and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The Brazilian was a former top scorer and best player for the Kazakhstan Premier League.[65]
27 March 2007 Ivan Karačić 19 NK Široki Brijeg Heart attack and died during a training match in Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[66]
19 August 2007 Anton Reid 16 Walsall Collapsed and died during youth team pre-season training. An inquest recorded a verdict of natural causes.[67]
28 August 2007 Antonio Puerta 22 Sevilla FC Collapsed during a match against Getafe C.F.. He died later in hospital after several cardiac arrests. Autopsy revealed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
29 August 2007 Chaswe Nsofwa 28 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Sudden heart failure during a training match against Maccabi Be'er Sheva.
29 December 2007 Phil O'Donnell 35 Motherwell Collapsed during his team's 5–3 win against Dundee United with what was later confirmed as left ventricular failure. He died on the way to the hospital.[68]
9 February 2008 Guy Tchingoma 22 FC 105 Libreville Died shortly after a league game against Union Sportive O'Mbila. During the match, he collided with an opponent. He managed to finish the game, but collapsed shortly after and medics were unable to revive him.[69]
16 February 2008 Hervé King 27 Ringmer Collapsed 17 minutes into a game against Three Bridges[70] of an undetermined cause (heart attack suspected).[71]
3 April 2008 Hrvoje Ćustić 24 NK Zadar Collided with a concrete wall during a game against Cibalia and died in a hospital 5 days later of severe head injuries[72]
31 May 2008 Rustem Bulatov 34 Torpedo SDYuSShOR Kaluga Felt ill during a game, died later that day in a hospital.[73]
15 March 2009 Jumadi Abdi 26 PKT Bontang Collapsed after an incident with Denny Tarkas during the match of his club PKT Bontang against Persela Lamongan. Denny kicked Jumadi's stomach when he was trying to get the ball. Jumadi died in a hospital 8 days later of severe infection.[74]
3 April 2009 Víctor Hugo Ávalos 37 Villa Florida Heart attack during a match against Salesianito. He died the next day.[75]
26 May 2009 Orobosan Adun 28 Warri Wolves FC Before an away match with Enugu Rangers, goalkeeper Adun of Warri Wolves FC, was assaulted by thugs suspected to be fans of the opposition team. Adun died 3 days later from internal haemorrhage, during a training session.[76]
8 August 2009 Daniel Jarque 26 RCD Espanyol Cardiac arrest following a training session.[77]
2 September 2009 Alexandru Iatan 19 Dunărea Giurgiu The Romanian goalkeeper was hit in the abdominal area with a ball while trying to defend a penalty kick during team training. He continued his training but a few moments later he collapsed and died of cardiac arrest.[78][79]
15 November 2009 Maurizio Greco 25 TuS Güldenstern Stade Collapsed during the match of his club TuS Güldenstern Stade against Lupo Martini Wolfsburg at Campers Höhe and died later in the hospital.[80]
18 November 2009 Salem Saad 31 Al-Nasr Died of a heart attack during a training session.[81]
24 January 2010 Yannick Dago 17 Arras Football Collapsed during the match of his under-19 team club Arras Football against Etoile Sportive Anzin Saint Aubin and died later on a heart attack.[82]
6 March 2010 Endurance Idahor 25 Al-Merreikh Collapsed during the match of his Sudanese club Al Merreikh against Alamal Atbara. He died in the ambulance. Autopsy report revealed that he suffered a circulatory collapse from a heart attack.
8 March 2010 Bartholomew Opoku 19 Kessben F.C. Collapsed the day before while playing against league side Liberty. He was quickly taken to hospital and is understood to have stabilized overnight. His death was announced the next day by his club.[83]
May 2010 Goran Tunjić 32 Mladost FC Heart attack during a 5th Division match. It was widely reported that Tunjić had been booked by the referee for diving,[84] though such reports were later refuted by some sources.[85]
2 May 2010 Ambrose Wleh 24 Invincible Eleven Heart failure in a match against Mighty Barrolle. He came on as a substitute in the second half before collapsing in the center circle with no other players near him. He died shortly afterwards upon arrival to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.[86]
8 May 2010 Wilson Mene 22 Prek Pra Keila Collapsed during a league match. He played in Metfone Cambodian League at National Olympic Stadium.[87][better source needed]
18 August 2010 Victor Omogbehin 22 Ilford F.C. Collapsed during a league match. He played in the Isthmian Football League game from Ilford against Lowestoft Town FC.[88]
10 November 2010 Benjamin Owusu 21 Cavaliers FC Parakou Collapsed while playing in Benin.[89]
12 December 2010 Emmanuel Ogoli 21 Ocean Boys F.C. Collapsed on the pitch while playing a league match, and died later in a hospital.[90]
12 April 2011 Lokissimbaye Loko 30 FC Beaumontois Heart attack during a Ligue Midi-Pyrenees match.[91]
4 August 2011 Naoki Matsuda 34 Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. Collapsed during training on 2 August 2011 due to a cardiac arrest after finishing a 15-minute warmup run, and doctors diagnosed his condition as "extremely severe". After two days, he died on 4 August.[92]
13 November 2011 Bobsam Elejiko 30 K. Merksem S.C. Collapsed and died while playing a 5th tier match for K. Merksem S.C. against F.C. Exc. Kaart[93]
21 March 2012 Dhanraj Venkatesh[94] 27 Bangalore Mars Collapsed toward the end of the game; reports suggest cardiac arrest as the cause of death.[95]
10 April 2012 Patrick Grange 29 University of New Mexico Died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, after already having chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[96]
14 April 2012 Piermario Morosini 25 Livorno Collapsed during a Serie B game against Pescara. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[97]
5 May 2012 Mohamed Lemine Ould M'Boye ASC Nasr Zem Zem Collapsed twenty minutes into a game against FC Legwareb-FC Trarza in a Mauritanian Premier League match. Died on arrival at a hospital due to cardiac arrest. The game was postponed and replayed on 26 May, with Zem Zem winning 2–1.[98][99]
5 August 2012 Chinonso Ihelwere Henry 21 Delta Tulcea Collapsed during a friendly game against FC Balotesti in the 86th minute, after having been brought on for only 10 minutes. With the temperature being 40 °C, doctors tried reviving the Nigerian player for 30 minutes before declaring him dead. Supposedly, he underwent health tests a week before his death with no signs of problems detected. The cause was of his death was heart failure.[100]
2 September 2012 Victor Brannstrom 29 Piteå IF Collapsed shortly after scoring during a meeting in the Division 2, in which he suffered a cardiac arrest and died after arriving at hospital.[101]
7 October 2012 Joshua Pepple 24 LKS Pomorzanin Nowogard Collapsed from a heart attack in a league game against Iskierka Szczecin and died on the pitch.[102]
20 October 2012 Jaouad Akaddar 28 Hassania Agadir Suffered a heart attack immediately after the end of a match.[103]
2 April 2013 Quentin Margueritte 25 USON Mondeville Collapsed during a training session of his club USON Mondeville. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[104]
20 April 2013 Dominik Rupp 23 FSV Hemmersdorf Collapsed during a Saarlandliga game against Saar 05 Saarbrücken. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[105]
16 May 2013 Berat Sacipi 31 SV Inter Itzehoe Collapsed during a Kreisklasse A Steinburg game against ABC Wesseln. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[106]
17 June 2013 Mohammad Fahad 32 Al-Sulaibikhat In a non-official match played in May 2013, Mohammed Fahad collided with another player, causing him a severe bleeding in the brain and coma until the dawn of 17 June 2013, when he died.[107]
21 June 2013 Alen Pamić 23 NK Istra 1961 Collapsed during a retreat game for MNK Maružini of a heart attack.[108]
21 July 2013 Yair Clavijo 18 Sporting Cristal The 18-year-old footballer from Sporting Cristal died during a reserve match against Real Garcilaso on 20 June 2013.[109] The autopsy determined he died from a cerebral edema with brain herniation caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.[110][111]
27 July 2013 Sékou Camara 27 Pelita Bandung Raya Collapsed on the field during his team's practice session in Bandung. He was rushed to the nearest hospital, but died on the way there. The cause of death was a heart attack.[112]
30 July 2013 Matthias Viereckl 19 SC Marchtrenk Died in a friendly game against Union Steinhaus.[113]
17 November 2013 Alex Marques[114] 20 G.D. Tourizense Cardiac arrest after seven minutes of the match between Tourizense and Carapinheirense.[115][116]
23 December 2013 Jamie Skinner 13 Tynecastle Cardiac arrest during a game in the Saughton Park in Edinburgh.[117]
28 February 2014 Kevon Carter 30 Defence Force Died of a heart attack after feeling chest pains during a training session in the morning.[118]
19 May 2014 Akli Fairuz 27 Persiraja Died after colliding with opposition goalkeeper during a match in the Indonesian Premier League. Fairuz was substituted and admitted to hospital but died due to internal bleeding the next day.[119]
23 August 2014 Albert Ebossé Bodjongo 24 JS Kabylie Hit by a projectile while leaving the pitch.[120] However a post-mortem examination showed he may have actually died from a severe beating.[121]
19 October 2014 Peter Biaksangzuala 23 Bethlehem Vengthlang Died from spinal injuries that occurred as he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal at 61 minutes against Chanmari West.[122][123]
10 November 2014 Dipak Adhikari Abu Dhabi Police Force Team The Nepalese born player and member of the Abu Dhabi Police's team died after collapsing during a match.[124]
28 March 2015 Ben Hiscox 30 Stoke Gifford While tackling during a league match against Mangotsfield Sports, the English footballer stumbled and fell backwards, hitting his head against the wall of Stoke Gifford's clubhouse. He died a few days later.[125]
30 April 2015 Gregory Mertens 24 Sporting Lokeren Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens died of heart failure, three days after collapsing during a reserve team match against Genk, having never regained consciousness after receiving CPR during the first half.[126]
11 May 2015 Tim Nicot 23 Beerschot-Wilrijk Belgian footballer died of heart failure, only two weeks after Gregory Mertens, during a tournament game.[127]
14 May 2015 Emanuel Ortega 21 San Martín de Burzaco Argentine footballer dies after sustaining fatal head injury against a perimeter wall during a Primera C match. All football activities under the Argentine Football Association were suspended the following week, and cushioning protection was made mandatory for such structures.[128]
24 May 2015 Cristian Gómez 27 Club Atlético Paraná Argentine footballer died of heart failure during a Primera B Nacional match.[129]
31 May 2015 Shetemi Ayetigbo 16 Belvedere During a Dublin & District Schoolboy League game against St Kevin's Boys, Ayetigbo, a Nigerian-Irish footballer collapsed and died.[130][131][132][133]
13 June 2015 David Oniya 30 T-Team Nigerian footballer collapsed three minutes after kick-off in a friendly match against Kelantan and died less one hour later in hospital.[134]
7 July 2015 Junior Dian 23 Tonbridge Angels Collapsed in a pre-season friendly game at Whyteleafe.[135]
15 October 2015 Sergei Filippenkov 44 FC Zenit Penza Died during a friendly match between veteran teams in Pensa.[136]
1 May 2016 Stefan Petrovski 18 Melaka United Struck by lightning while training on 5 April, died in hospital.[137]
6 May 2016 Patrick Ekeng 26 Dinamo București Collapsed in a match against FC Viitorul Constanța seven minutes after he came on from the bench and was taken to hospital, where he died less than two hours later.[138]
7 May 2016 Bernardo Ribeiro 26 Friburguense Brazilian footballer for Friburguense collapsed during a friendly match before being taken to a hospital, where he died of a suspected heart attack.[139]
9 May 2016 Jeanine Christelle Djomnang 26 Cameroon Cameroonian goalkeeper, collapsed during her warm-up before a match in Cameroon. She died of a suspected heart attack.[140]
16 July 2016 Antony Stott 26 Thirroul Thunder Australian amateur footballer, collapsed 10 minutes into a match against Sandon Point and died en route to hospital. Cause of death suspected to have been a cardiac arrest.[141]
15 August 2016 Michael Umanika 20 Zagatala Nigerian midfielder for Zagatala PFK collapsed during a team training session in Zagatala. He died of a suspected heart attack.[142]
11 September 2016 Ben Idrissa Dermé 34 AJ Biguglia Died of a heart attack during a French cup match.[143]
13 September 2016 Dan Wilkinson 26 Shaw Lane Suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in an Integro League Cup match against Brighouse Town. He died in the following hours in hospital.[144]
26 April 2017 Moïse Brou Apanga 35 FC 105 Libreville Ivorian-born Gabonese defender for FC 105 Libreville died after suffering a heart attack during team training.[145]
28 April 2017 Gofaone Tiro 26 Township Rollers Botswana winger; collapsed of a heart attack during team training session and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.[146]
3 June 2017 Aseged Tesfaye 46 Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopian striker; collapsed of a heart attack during team training session and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. Doctors described the cause of death as Mitral Valve Regurgitation.[147]
5 June 2017 Cheick Tioté 30 Beijing Enterprises Ivorian defensive midfielder; collapsed and lost consciousness during a training session and was pronounced dead later that day with a suspected death cause of a heart attack.[148]
15 October 2017 Choirul Huda 38 Persela Lamongan Indonesian goalkeeper; while trying to retrieve the match ball from an opponent during a match against Semen Padang, he collided with his teammate Ramon Rodrigues and suffered injuries to his lower jaw and head. He was briefly conscious immediately after the collision, but later succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.[149]
2 November 2017 Joel Lobanzo 17 Royal Antwerp U19 Lobanzo collapsed in training with the U-19 team on 31 October. He died a day later during the night of 1–2 November. It is believed that a heart attack was the cause of death.[150]
12 December 2017 Izzy Dezu 17 Shelbourne U16 Dezu became ill during a league match in the Athletic Union League Complex, as his club Shelbourne faced off against St. Kevin's Boys. He died later on the day, at a Hospital in Dublin.[151]
24 March 2018 Bruno Boban 25 Marsonia 1909 Croatian winger; Boban collapsed during a match between Marsonia and Požega Slavonia. After several minutes of attempted resuscitation by medical staff and a retired doctor who was spectating, he was pronounced dead.[152]
4 May 2018 Luyanda Ntshangase 21 Maritzburg United South African midfielder who was struck by lightning during a friendly game on 1 May 2018. He died three days later from his injuries.[153]
1 September 2018 Tijmen Steenbergen 13 VV Marinus van Rooijen 's-Heerenberg Dutch goalkeeper who died in a C Youth league match on 1 September 2018, after a collision with the Left back.[154]
6 October 2018 Ramon Neto da Costa 31 Araranguá Esporte Clube Brazilian attacker who died during a friendly game on 6 October 2018.[155]
25 April 2019 Faty Papy 28 Malanti Chiefs Burundian midfielder, had a heart attack while playing in a match in Eswatini.[156]
7 November 2019 Renan Henrique Santos 16 Água Santa U17 Collapsed during a training session. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.[157]
29 December 2019 Radhakrishnan Dhanarajan 39 East Bengal F.C. Dhanarajan was playing in an All India Sevens tournament at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram when he suddenly collapsed after suffering a loss of breath and chest pain. The incident occurred in the 27th minute of the match between FC Perinthalmanna and Sastha Thrissur. Though he was stretchered off and admitted to a hospital nearby, he could not be revived.[158]
8 March 2020 Chineme Martins 22 Nasarawa United F.C. Collapsed and died during a league game[159]
21 November 2020 Ricky Yacobi 57 Retired Died of a heart attack while playing a friendly game with several teammates and journalists[160]
27 November 2020 Sajjad Ali Al-Sulaikh Died of a heart attack while playing a league match against Bismayah.[161]
7 January 2021 Alex Apolinário 24 Alverca On 3 January 2021, went into cardiac arrest at the 27th minute of a league match.[162] He was revived after several attempts and taken to the hospital, where he was put in an induced coma and died four days later.[163]
8 March 2021 Abdul Rahman Atef 23 Al Qanayat Died after swallowing his tongue while playing a league match against El Rowad.[164]
11 April 2021 Dejan Oršuš 24 NK Otok Collapsed during a league match against Radnički after suffering a cardiac arrest, died in the hospital later that same day.[165]
18 April 2021 Tremaine Stewart 33 Portmore United Stewart collapsed while playing football the morning of the 18th in Spanish town, and despite being rushed to the hosptial he died later that day.[166]

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